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SVA Theatre – 2

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333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
(212) 592-2980 http://www.sva.edu/about/sva-theatre

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October 2019

Teen Shorts Program

Youth Program: Feels Like Teen Spirit

Thursday October 24 - Monday October 28
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
This program is open exclusively to high school students and staff within New York City's schools
Through an inclusive and endearing collection of short films, this program is exclusively offered to high school students and provides access and...
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Documentary Feature

All We’ve Got

Friday October 25 @ 6:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Alexis Clements, USA, 2019, 67 mins

Since 2010, over 100 queer women’s spaces—from dive bars to bookstores and dance halls to health centers—have shuttered across the United States. As concern grows over the death and dearth...
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Episodic

These Thems

Friday October 25 @ 8:45 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Jett Garrison, USA, 2018, 82 mins

After realizing she may be a lesbian, Gretchen (Gretchen Wylder) befriends nonbinary dog-walker Vero (Victoria Ortiz), who decides to stop training dogs and start training cishets. Vero takes Gretchen...
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Narrative Feature

The Shiny Shrimps

Saturday October 26 @ 1:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, France, 2019, 103 mins

After an Olympic swimmer nearing the end of his career makes a homophobic comment on TV, he’s barred from any further events unless he agrees...
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Narrative Feature

Straight Up

Saturday October 26 @ 4:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. James Sweeney, USA, 2019, 95 mins

Heralding in a fresh voice of contemporary independent cinema, writer/director/producer James Sweeney stars in this witty comedy as Todd, an obsessive-compulsive and GILMORE GIRLS-loving twentysomething plagued by intense anxieties....
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HalloKween Narrative Feature

Bit

Saturday October 26 @ 6:45 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Brad Michael Elmore, USA, 2019, 90 min

Think Los Angeles is soulless? Try surviving the city’s underground feminist vampire scene. In this comedic horror flick with a flair for the postmodern, trans teenager Laurel (SUPERGIRL’s...
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Documentary Feature

A Night at Switch n’ Play

Saturday October 26 @ 9:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Cody Stickels, USA, 2019, 72 mins

You are cordially invited to a night at Switch n’ Play! Meet the daring and dazzling queer artists behind one of Brooklyn’s most popular and groundbreaking performance groups. Come...
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Documentary Feature

The Archivettes

Sunday October 27 @ 1:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Megan Rossman, USA and Australia, 2017, 61 mins

Led by local heroes Deb Edel and Joan Nestle in the 1970s, a group of young lesbians frustrated by misogyny and homophobia within academia huddled together and...
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Comedy Shorts

The Gag’s All Here

Sunday October 27 @ 4:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
The gag’s all here in this program of riotous, fanciful, and wacky shorts filled to the brim with their own personal brands of humor, hijinks, and hilarity relating to the queer experience. Featuring a history of flagging,...
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U.S. Centerpiece

To The Stars (U.S. Centerpiece)

Sunday October 27 @ 7:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Martha Stephens, USA, 2018, 109 mins

Set in the conservative, bobby-socked setting of a 1960s Oklahoma high school, mysterious cosmopolitan new girl Maggie (Liana Liberato)—a coveted recruit among the popular girls—takes an unexpected shining to...
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Documentary Feature

Fabulous + Burn the House Down

Monday October 28 @ 8:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premieres
FABULOUS: Dir. Audrey Jean-Baptiste, France, 2019, 46 mins
BURN THE HOUSE DOWN: Dir. Giselle Bailey & Nneka Onuorah, France, 2019, 44 mins

Audrey Jean-Baptiste’s triumphant FABULOUS follows Lasseindra Ninja, a notable fixture of the ballroom scene in...
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